In Modern Foreign Languages, we aim to develop students’ ability to communicate accurately and with confidence in French and Spanish both orally and in written form. During our language lessons, students use traditional and new media to complete activities using all four skills.

Listening and speaking exercises allow opportunities for students to extend their vocabulary and ultimately autonomously improve their communication, pronunciation and fluency. Speaking tasks are conducted in pairs or in groups in the target language, which helps students to build their confidence when speaking another language and to foster their imagination and competence. Writing and reading exercises reinforce and extend their knowledge of vocabulary as well as focussing on spelling and grammar. Homework tasks consolidate class learning and encourage students to read texts independently and to write responses to set tasks,  as well as to research cultural and social topics. We also aim to promote students’ independent learning and enjoyment of the language across all Key Stages, by using interactive language software which can also be accessed from home.

KS3 French/Spanish

What equipment will my child need?

·         Black pen

·         Pocket dictionary

·         Dry wipe board pen

·         Headphones

How can I help my child through KS3 French / Spanish?

By using websites such as BBC Bitesize,

How will my child be assessed at KS3?

·         They will be assessed usually at the end of every module on two of the following skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking.

·         The homework will contain a mixture of writing, reading and learning exercises.

What will my child be studying?


Year 7: Module 1: ¡Bienvenidos! (greetings) / Module 2: Tú y yo (where you live/descriptions /family) / Module 3:¡Vamos al instituto! (school) / Module 4: En casa (at home) / Module 5: Mi pueblo (getting around) / Module 6: El tiempo libre (free time activities)

Year 8: Module 1: Nos presentamos (presenting yourself) / Module 2: La comida (food and drink) / Module 3: De compras (clothes / shopping for clothes) / Module 4: El turismo (holidays) / Module 5: Mi pueblo (getting around) / Module 6: El tiempo libre (free time activities)

Year 9: Module 1: Me presento (presenting yourself) / Module 2: Mi instituto (school) / Module 3: De vacaciones (holidays) / Module 4: La vida sana (health and lifestyle) / Module 5: El bienestar (body/illness) / Module 6: El tiempo libre (free time activities)


Year 8: Module 1: Salut! (presenting yourself / introduction to the perfect tense) / Module 2: Ma vie (routines) / Module 3: Famille et copains (descriptions/ body & illness) / Module 4: A table! (food and drink / eating out) / Module 5: Une semaine à Paris (planning a visit / writing a diary) / Module 6: A nous la France! (introduction to the conditional tense / saying what you would like to do / making reservations)

Year 9: Module 1: L’hexagone (home and region) / Module 2: J’arrive (describing family / jobs / household chores / pocket money) / Module 3: Programme de la visite (planning visit abroad / directions) / Module 4: La forme (health and fitness) / Module 5: La mode (fashion) / Module 6: En plein dans l’actu (media)

KS4 French/Spanish

Exam Board: AQA

How is the course assessed?

Year 10 (new GCSE):

The new GCSE French/Spanish specification is a linear two-year course with no controlled assessment. There are two tiers of entry: Foundation Tier (grades 1-5) and  Higher Tier (grades 4-9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. Each skill - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing is worth 25%.

The examination will take place in May 2018.

Year 11 (old specification):

Unit 1 (Listening) and Unit 2 (Speaking) are assessed in tiered exams at the end of Year 11. Students will be entered for either FOUNDATION or HIGHER for each exam.

Unit 3 (Speaking) and Unit 4 (Writing) are assessed through a series of Controlled Assessment tasks throughout Years 10 and 11. The two best achieving outcomes in each skill will be submitted to the exam board.

How long are the examinations?

Year 10: (N.B. examinations take place at the end of Year 11)

Paper 1 (Listening): 35 minutes (Foundation); 45 minutes (Higher)

Paper 2 (Speaking): 7-9 minutes (Foundation); 10-12 (Higher) plus preparation time

Paper 3 (Reading): 45 minutes (Foundation); 60 minutes (Higher)

Paper 4 (Writing): 60 minutes (Foundation); 75 minutes (Higher)

Year 11: Foundation Tier - 30 minutes each; Higher Tier - 35 minutes each.

What is covered on the course?

Year 10: Theme 1 Unit 1: Me, my family and friends / Theme 2 Unit 5: Home, town, neighbourhood and region / Theme 3 Unit 9/10: My studies / Life at school and college / Theme 1 Unit 3: Free Time Activities / Theme 2 Unit 6: Social issues / Theme 1 Unit 4: Customs and Festivals / Theme 2 Unit 8: Travel and tourism / Theme 3 Unit 11/12: Education post 16 / Jobs, career choices and ambitions / Preparation for Year 11: Theme 1 Unit 1: Marriage and partnerships

Year 11: Last three topics: i) The Environment ii) School and Education iii) Work and Future Plans

By the end of March 2017 - all Controlled Assessments will be completed. Begin examination preparation.

What websites would you recommended?

BBC Bitesize,,,,,  

KS5 French/Spanish

A Level French / Spanish   

How this languages promotes British Values:

The AQA A level courses enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. In addition they further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures and beliefs.

Exam Board: AQA

How is the course assessed?

Year 12 - new specification A Level


Year 1 - Summer 2017

Year 2 - Summer 2018

Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing

90 marks

1 hour 45 minutes


Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing

100 marks

2 hour 30 minutes


Paper 2 Writing

50 marks

1 hour 30 minutes


Paper 2 Writing

80 marks

2 hours


Paper 3 Speaking

60 marks

12-14 minutes


Paper 3 Speaking

60 marks

21-23 minutes


AS + A2 = A level qualification


Year 13 - old specification A Level


A2 Examinations - Summer 2017



35% of A level

2 hour 30 minutes written examination

110 marks



15% of A level

35 minute speaking test (including 20 minutes preparation time)

50 marks


What is covered on the course?

Year 12 - new specification A Level

AQA has listed four themes for you to study. AS students will study themes 1 and 2; A level students will study all four themes:

1. Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

2. Artistic culture in the French speaking world

3. Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

4. Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world


AS students will also study either a film or a literary text from a recommended list. Here is the list for French:


Dossier Cinéma:

l’étude d’un film

Dossier Littérature:

l’étude d’un texte littéraire

François Truffaut (Les 400 coups)

Louis Malle (Au revoir les enfants)

Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine);

Cédric Kalpisch (L’auberge espagnole);

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Un long dimanche de fiançailles);

Laurent Cantet (Entre les murs / La classe);

Molière (Le Tartuffe)

Voltaire (Candide)

Guy de Maupassant (Boule de Suif et autres contes de la guerre)

Albert Camus (L’étranger);

Françoise Sagan (Bonjour Tristesse)

Claire Etcherelli (Elise ou la vraie vie)

Joseph Joffo (Un sac de billes)

Faïza Guène (Kiffe kiffe demain)

Philippe Grimbert (Un secret)

Delphine de Vigan (No et moi)


Year 13 - old specification A Level

Candidates will study the three remaining topics:

  1. The environment
  2. Multi-cultural society
  3. Contemporary social issues


In addition, candidates must study two of the following five cultural topics:

a.            A target language-speaking region/community.

b.            A period of 20th century history from a target language-speaking country/community.

c.            An author from a target language-speaking country/community.

d.            An dramatist or poet from a target language-speaking country/community.

e.            An director, architect, musician or painter from a target language-speaking country/community.

What websites would you recommended?,

Leader of MFL: Mrs Sharon Balch

Leader of KS3 Languages: Mrs Simone Robinson